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Questions about your metal roof!

Bruce Bjorkstrand August 23, 2013Company News

Bruce BjorkstrandMetal Roofing FAQs

What is your product made of?

  • 26 gauge, galvalume
  • Coated with an acrylic basecoat
  • Embedded with ceramic earth-stone granules
  • Over-coated with a clear acrylic over-glaze and baked on

Can I walk on the roof tiles?
Yes. Though no roof is designed for pedestrian traffic. Caution should be taken not to walk on the rib portions, but to do so on the front edges; otherwise you may walk on your new Gerard roof with ease.

How heavy is a Gerard Roof?
Gerard roofs weigh only 110 lbs. per square for the battenless style. They weigh 115 lbs. less than inexpensive composition shingles, and are far more durable.

How noisy is a Gerard roof?
Due to the patented interlocking design, insulated dead-air space under the roof, and the earth-stone granule finish, Gerard roofs are very quiet. It is NOT like a shed, remember you have insulation in the attic and sheetrock.

Do I have to tear off my existing roof?
No. With Gerard roofs you may leave your old roof on as Gerard has been tested and approved to be installed directly over your existing roof due to its unique installation method. You should check with your local city however, as each city has different ordinances.

What is the warranty on Gerard roofs?
All the roofs we install have a 10 year labor warranty from us. Gerard has a lifetime warranty for materials and labor. It is the strongest warranty in the stone coated metal roof industry.

Won’t Gerard roofs make my home hotter?
Again, due to the insulated “dead-air” space, there is no heat gain. Much like dual-pane windows, the design actually works as an energy-saving barrier. With our Gerard roof you will save on your energy costs. Many other companies take short cuts, we don’t and never will.

Will heat and cold make a Gerard roof contract and expand?
There is minimal movement with Gerard roofs due to the fully interlocking profile when affixed to the roof deck. Also, the rough granule finish and angular design add to restricting movement.

Will I have to re-structure my home?
No. Because of its light weight, Gerard roofs require no sub-structure reinforcement.

What fire rating does Gerard roofs have?
Depending on sub-roofs and underlayment, Gerard offers a Class A, B, or C installation. (ICBO and UL reports are available upon request).

Will my Gerard roof be safe from lightening?
Fear of lightening is not a concern, as through the installation, the steel roof is grounded to existing pipe vents.

Will the exposed fasteners rust or come loose?
Because the ring shank nails which are used for fastening are specially coated and installed at an angle to the roof deck, they won’t rust or come loose in bad weather. They are designed to work with this roof. There is nothing left to chance. The roof is tested to over 170 mph with out a failure.

How long has Gerard roofs been around?
Gerard roofs have been used in over 30 countries around the world for more than 55 years, and have beautifully withstood all weather climates.

Will the coating ever crack, chip or peel?
With Gerard’s superior technology in acrylic resins and curing process, we guarantee that your Gerard roof will last as it has lasted all over the world.

Will the value of my home increase if I install a Gerard roof?
Yes. Gerard not only offers you security and peace-of-mind with the last roof you will ever need, it also will enhance the beauty and help increase the value of your home. Gerard roof warranties are transferable. Unlike our competition they have you send in a form when you sell and only have a twenty year warranty and then it depreciates the remaining 30 years.

Does hail cause any damage to a Gerard roof?
Gerard roofs have been tested around the world with “flying colors” results in resisting hail, rain, snow, and ice. (reports of test are available upon request).

Will I save on my energy bills?
You should see a noticeable reduction in your energy bills. Because of the Gerard system design, temperatures in the attic can be 30 to 40 degrees cooler.

Why are metal roofs safer in tornados?
They’re much lighter. Gerard is about 1/2 the weight of a shingle roof installation. So, during a tornado, a metal roof actually adds strength to your structure. It provides twice the shear strength of 1/2 CDX plywood. Gerard roofing is call structural steel because it ties pieces of plywood together on your complete roof.

Why is wind resistance so important? High winds will cause most roofing to blow off. Gerard’s secured with 5 – 8d ring-shank nails in the front nose and installed horizontally for the best wind resistance.

How long will a metal roof last?
It could easily outlast your home!!

Where are Gerard roofs made?
Gerard roofs are manufactured in California.  Gerard roofs are made with 100% American materials and labor. Our manufacturing plants are located inSouthern California.

Will my homeowner’s insurance premium be reduced if I install a Gerard roof?
Discounts are offered by many insurance companies. They all have different policies and it is best if you call them and compare.

What about Colors?
Gerard specializes in lots of beautiful colors that will enhance your curb appeal. Earth stone granules reflect light so you can expect your roof to be extremely good looking.

Can you really improve the look of my home? YES! We can totally change your homes curb appeal for the better. Not just a new look, but an amazing transformation. We will work with you until you get the right style and color. But one word of warning! Expect your neighbors to be jealous!

Are your prices really better? Yes! Many Synthetic products and premium asphalt/composition roofs are more expensive. Even other steel roof companies are more expensive. We do not buy any of our roofs from a roof supplier. We buy from the factory. There is no middleman to add to the cost.

We buy direct from the factory here in the USA. No foreign companies! In fact each roof is specially made for your home. Compared to a common asphalt/composition roof from a qualified roofing company we are very close in price. Surprised? Asphalt/composition roofs are oil based and have risen in price so fast that prices have gone up by the month. This is a NO BRAINER! Do you want a roof that fails after a storm? That you will constantly have to evaluate the condition?

We believe a roof should be done only ONCE! When we do your roof we begin with that simple philosophy. We never want you to be concerned again with the condition of your roof. We like our customers, but unless you add an addition you will never see us again.

“The Last Roof You Will Ever Need, Period”!

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